Experience one of the top visitor attractions in York with a trip to York Minster. Regularly voted one of the most popular things to do in York, the Minster is not only an architecturally stunning building but is a place to discover the history of York over the centuries, its artefacts and treasures.

The Minster is open for sightseeing everyday as well as regular services, events and concerts. Please note there are occasions when York Minster is open for services only. Please check our Closures section for sightseeing closures.

Opening Times

For services

Open daily from 7:00am until 6:30pm - for service times, please check the calendar.


For closures

View our calendar of when the Minster is closed


For sightseeing

Monday - Saturday:
Open 9:00am; last entry at 5pm
12.45pm - 5.00pm

In the winter, Tower Trips may be affected by the weather and will only be available on the day.


Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sunday 1pm - 4pm


There are a range of ticket options to suit every visitor, from families to individuals and those wanting to visit more of York's brilliant attractions. For those travelling in a group of 10 or more people, find out about Group Visits.

Plus, your admission ticket to York Minster is valid for 12 months! A free guided tour is included in your admission price, subject to availability. Adult admission starts from just £10 and children under-16 can visit the Minster for free with an adult!

Combined Ticket (Minster and Tower)

Adult - £15
Seniors and Students - £14
Child (ages 8-16*) - £5

*To climb the tower you must be 8+

Minster Only

Adult - £10
Seniors and Students - £9
Child - Free with paying adult*

*valid for up to 4 children visiting the Minster with one adult

UK tax payers may 'Gift Aid' their entrance fee which means that we can claim back 25% of your entrance fee from HM Revenue and Customs.

Did you know?

York Residents: Entrance to the Minster is free with valid identification including: driving licence, utility bill, or proof of York address. Details of the YorkCard scheme are available here

Your Minster ticket includes a free guided tour (subject to availability).

It costs £20,000 a day to run York Minster. Your admission charge directly supports the future of this holy and historic building. In these circumstances we trust you will understand why we charge for entry. No charges are made for those who wish to enter York Minster to pray, light a candle, or attend a service.


Check date
  • Friday 12 December 2014
    The Minster will close from 1.30-3.30pm for St Peter's School Christmas Carol service. We will re-open for our visitors from 4.00pm until 6.30pm (last admission 5.00pm).
  • Saturday 13 December 2014
    Quire and East End closed from 10.00-12.30pm for a Service of Prayer and Dedication after civil marriage for Victoria Stewart and Dr Koki Imada. The Minster will close at 6.00pm for a performance of Handel's Messiah. — More info
  • Sunday 14 December 2014
    The Chapter House will close from 12.30pm until 4.00pm as part of the Christingle service. The Christingle service will be held in the North Transept from 2.30pm until 4.00pm. Last admission to the Minster will be at 5.00pm. The Minster will close at 6.00pm to prepare for the St Michael Le Belfry Christmas Carol service. — More info
  • Wednesday 17 December 2014
    The Chapter House will close at 5.00pm and the Minster will close at 6.00pm for the Sankta Lucia 'Festival of Light' service.
  • Friday 19 December 2014
    The Minster will close at 6.00pm to prepare for Chapter House Choir's Carols by Candlelight.
  • Monday 22 December 2014
    The Minster will close at 5.30pm (last admission at 4.30pm), to prepare for Nine Lessons and Carols. — More info
  • Wednesday 24 December 2014
    The Minster will be open for the following services on Christmas Eve: 12 noon - Crib Service 3.00pm - Evening Prayer 4.00pm - Nine Lessons and Carols 11.30pm - Eucharist of Christmas Night
  • Thursday 25 December 2014
    The Minster will be open for the following services on Christmas Day: 8.00am - Holy Communion 10.00am - Eucharist of Christmas Day 11.45am - Christmas Day Choral Matins 4.00pm - Christmas Day Choral Evensong
  • Tuesday 27 January 2015
    The Chapter House will close from 3.00pm until 5.30pm to prepare for a Holocaust Memorial Day event.

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